Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mathieu Flamini faces a five-day stand down period after his concussion on Saturday and he also may look at rotating some tired legs for the vital home tie against Borussia Dortmund.
The next few weeks are set to be tough for the Gunners with a whole host of tricky fixtures on the horizon after what has been a demanding campaign so far coupled with World Cup Qualifiers.
Wenger has options at his disposal however with the midfield spoilt for choice. Although he has yet to make a final decision he may be forced into some minor rotation with a number of stars playing a lot of football recently.
The Arsenal boss revealed the following team news in his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s home tie against Borussia Dortmund:
[on Mathieu Flamini] He is doing well. He has practised normally but we will not play him because there is a five-day rule that we will respect. We will not to take any chances. It was a concussion and the doctor advised us not to play him. He will be OK for the weekend.
[on other changes and possible rotation] A little bit yes, certainly, but I leave myself 24 hours until tomorrow [Tuesday] afternoon to decide that.
Predicted lineup to follow…